Amount of Compensation
In order to
promote consistency and assist the courts, personal
injury solicitors and other advisers, the Judicial
Studies Board publish a set of guidelines for the level
of injury awards for a broad range of injuries. The
information, which follows, has been taken from those
guidelines. Whilst the guidelines are very useful and
provide a good general indicator of the level of damages
which may be paid, it should be remembered that no two
cases are ever the same and general damage claims
for injuries resulting from accidents will always
reflect the individual circumstances of the particular
in dividual and the injuries he or she has suffered and
claims will be assessed accordingly.
Accidents Leading to Hand Injury Claims
Those unfortunate enough to have been involved in accidents leading to injuries to the hands can expect to receive personal injury compensation at relatively high levels particularly when the injury is to the dominant hand.
Where the personal injury is especially serious and the hand injury leaves them effectively devoid of any function, compensation claims may be settled for anything between £72,500 and £105,000. Claims would be paid at the upper end of that bracket where the injury to the hands is such that no prosthesis could be fitted.
Where injury to the hands is slightly less serious but where, for example, there is a significant loss of ability to use the hands coupled with cosmetic disfigurement, compensation awards would be lower but still within the region £28,500 through to £43,750.
Where the injuries are serious enough to prevent effective use but affect only one hand, one should expect claims to be settled for between £50,000 and £57, 500. Compensation awards would be paid at the upper end of that scale where the injury was to the dominant hand.
In claims where fingers are amputated, compensation may be substantial. This is especially the case if the main fingers of the hand i.e. the ring, middle and index finger are amputated. In those circumstances, although there would still be some hand function, it would be minimal and there would be very little strength of grip. Where those circumstances exist, personal injury compensation to the tune of between £32,000 through to £46,500 would be expected.
Moving down the scale of seriousness of personal injury, where, for example, fingers have been shorn off during accidents and reattached surgically, there may be a high degree of cosmetic disfigurement and serious loss of function perhaps as great as 50 percent. In those types of claims, one could expect compensation payments to be in the region of £15,000 and £32,000. Clearly, the higher payments would be made in those compensation claims where the injuries were most serious and debilitating.
Where the unfortunate accident victim suffers a crushing injury for example with a consequent significant impairment in function but does not require surgery or any specialist treatment of that type, he should expect to receive between £7,500 and £15,000 as personal injury compensation in his claim.
At the bottom of the scale of
hand injuries are those where the accident victim has
suffered soft tissue damage to the hand where there has
been surgery that has failed and some disability
remains. Such victims could expect to receive between
£3,250 and £7,000 for their injuries.
To make a claim either call
Accident Aid on 0800 180 4780 or forward your query
without any obligation to Accident Aid by email and you
will be contacted by an accident injury lawyer who will
advise as to whether you may be entitled to claim
compensation for your injury and any other losses you
may have sustained.